Friday, 13 April 2012

Easter Break

I'm back at work following a much appreciated Easter break. Following a successful swatching process, I started my Blisco in the break and got more done than I could have reasonably expected:

Perfect for a one-armed bandit!

The pattern is clear and well-written and has a quirky start to catch your interest. The yarn is knitting up nicely and should wash well too - what's not to like?

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

FO: Calorimetry

My Blisco swatch is drying. In the meantime, despite lovely sunshine last week, this week I'm back to wearing the winter accessories:

This is my Calorimetry, knit with what remained of the Malabrigo twist after my Bandana Cowl. The yarn is still gorgeous and I like the pattern (mostly).

This is warm and practical for those days where I just can't face leaving my hair down. Only slight issue is it's a little big/slippy-offy. I'm not sure if this is my button placement or a feature of the ribbing stretching out once on my head.

Pattern: Caliometry by Kathryn Schoendorf.
Yarn: Malabrigo Twist in the Olive colourway.
Mods: Cast on fewer (92) stitches and knit fewer repeats of rows five and seven.
Projects: online on Ravelry.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Not Socks

I've not had much luck with socks lately. The lovely Effervesce socks would make excellent flight socks but are a little tighter than I usually like for everyday wear. At this point I can't bear to frog them so they're sat in time out until my feet shrink or I get a grip on myself and get on with what must be done. In the meantime, I started some alpaca socks to cheer me up: long story short, they didn't. They pooled something chronic.

So I've gone back to a yarn I know: Patons Linen Touch in colourways Carnation and Lilac.

And a pattern I don't: Blisco by Lily Kate France.

And I've swatched. Three needle sizes, measured before washing and blocking.

Now I just have to pop it in the wash and hope I can find the right gauge in there somewhere.


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